Barry Storm UFO Jade Mine in Joshua Tree

UFOs Prospecting in Joshua Tree National Park?

One of most amazing of the numerous Joshua Tree urban legends, has to be the story of the Barry Storm UFO jade mine.

But why?

Well, let’s list a few points of this fabulous story:

  • UFOs and aliens
  • Hollywood movies
  • The Men in Black
  • Ancient Aztec treasure
  • Mafia hitmen


Then watch this episode of Mojave Mysteries in which Author and host M.L. Behrman details the incredible story of a man who sought his fortune in the desert. And found it – with the help of aliens!

Who Was Barry Storm?

Barry Storm’s real name was John G. Climenson, a miner, prospector and adventurer from Arizona. He led gold prospecting trips for people, including former GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, from whom he took the name “Barry” before adding “Storm”.

He also wrote books on treasure hunting and lost mines. One of which was turned into a Hollywood movie entitled “Lust For Gold” starring Glen Ford and Ida Lupino. But Hollywood turned Storm’s stomach and he returned to the desert to seek his fortune.

Flying Saucers in Joshua Tree National Park

So, in the early 1950’s while out prospecting in the Pinto Basin area of what would later become Joshua Tree National Park, Storm struck gold.

Well, actually, he struck Jade. To be even more precise, he struck nephrite, which is a lower grade of Jade.

But it was HOW he found his mine of Jade that left people scratching their heads and has become one of Joshua Tree’s favorite urban legends.

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According to Storm, one day while out in the heat of the desert 3 flying saucers appeared and hovered over a distant ridge. Focusing a beam of light onto a small hill, they “informed” Storm via telepathy that he was to dig there.

And he did – finding a vein of jade and filing a claim to work it.

Barry Storm UFO Mine Entrance
The entrance to Storm’s old mine






Building a cabin and establishing himself for the next 20 years, Storm worked his mine.

Ancient Aztecs And The Men in Black

But as he worked his mine and aged, Storm began to grow a bit eccentric. He claimed his jade mine was the source of the fabulous jade ornaments and statues fashioned by the ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. Although he might have thought so, scientists today can prove the jade artifacts in our museums came from Central America and not Storm’s mine.

He also claimed that the Men in Black, likely government operatives were keeping watch on him. Obviously because of his contact with the Aliens and UFO’s. The Barry Storm UFO Jade Mine had quite the reputation!

Then The Mob Came Around

The old man soon came to tell that there was a mob contract out on his life. Although why they should care about what happened way out in the desert of Joshua Tree is more of a mystery than the mine itself.

And sadly, old Barry Storm also said people were dropping in and stealing things from him. Something that unfortunately could have been quite possible. There is never a shortage of thieves in the desert and around mines rumored to be rich and producing.

The Final Curtain For The Barry Storm UFO Jade Mine

In 1971, poor old Barry Storm died in the VA hospital in Long Beach, California. Worn out by years in the sun and breaking his back mining his UFO-prospected jade mine. He had been able to eek out a living selling fragments to the locals and living off of his meager book sales, but didn;t leave much behind.

Except for his mine. Which you can still visit today if you are out in the Pinto Basin area of Joshua Tree National Park. But be warned, it’s not UFO’s and Aliens you have to worry about – it’s the heat and sandy road.

Take water, use a 4×4 and let someone know you’re headed out there. It’s worth the trek and if you do go, please don’t take anything other than pictures.

Barry Storm and Aliens might be looking down on you!



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UFO Crash at Kingman, Arizona

When the United States was locked in an escalating cold war with the former Soviet Union staring in the early 1950’s, both sides tested their atomic and nuclear arsenals with open air tests and blasts.

And aside from the horrendous environmental damage, other more exotic tales have been reported over the years.

One such true creepy story comes from the Mojave Desert to the north of Kingman, Arizona. Did some kind of alien ship (or “flying saucer” in the parlance of the time) sustain damage from the 1953 open air test at Yucca Flats in Nevada and come down along with its alien pilots?

Were others involved who might of stolen wreckage from the crashed ship and hid it from the Army’s UFO crash retrieval teams?

But surely the strangest part of the whole Mojave Desert mystery, are the stories circulating that one of the alien crew members survived – was captured by US forces – and ultimately became an asset to the teams at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who were tasked with reverse engineering the captured UFO!

A another strange, and somewhat scary story from the master of Mojave Mysteries, Author M.L. Behrman.

Let the conspiracies begin!

Nevada Alien – Strange Encounter in The Mountains

Prospecting on another man’s claim can be a risky business, as this claim-jumper found out while looking for gold in the remote mountains outside of Searchlight, NV.

But it wasn’t the owner or local sheriff that had the man terrified, it was something quite out of this world.

UFO? Alien?

You be the judge in this spooky tale from Mojave Mysteries Author M.L. Behrman

A true creepy story and one of the Mojave desert’s more obscure mysteries, this tale is relatively unknown within established UFO and flying saucer circles. If not for a chance encounter with the man who actually saw the alien (or what ever it was) the whole terrifying tale would have remained lost to the world.

But was the creature (or alien) actually “guarding” the location? Or was there another motive altogether? Either way, it makes for an exciting mystery from the vast and remote Mojave Desert.

They say crime doesn’t pay, especially if you have creatures from another world watching your goods!

Mystery Airships of The Old West

Did cowboys see UFOs? Were there newspaper reports of strange flying craft and contact with their pilots?

You Bet!

Starting in the early 1850’s, people all across the west, cowboys and “city slickers” were seeing strange lights and craft in the sky. Some even claimed to have been able to make out humans or strange entities aboard the aerial visitors and of course, there were even reports of crashes and people actually coming face to face with the pilots and crews of these mysterious craft.

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One of the most interesting aspects of the phenomenon, is how it seemed to mirror the technology of the day to some extent. Many of the silent machines were described as “air ships” or “dirigibles”, exactly the kind of air-going craft humans of the time were working on, but no where near as able or capable as what was being observed in the night skies.

Was a secret or hidden hand guiding us? Did a higher intelligence hope to entice us to further exploits by showing us what was possible?

It’s an interesting aspect that I think many times is over-looked.

Now, that’s not to say some of the pilots encountered didn’t claim to be from Mars or some other fairly typical home for venturing aliens, but it does make one wonder if these things might yet be found to be from here on Earth or a different dimension. Either way, it’s a trip to think that people in the old west were also seeing things in the night sky they couldn’t explain and the phenomenon continues out in the Mojave Desert to this day!

Author M.L. Behrman brings you the TRUE story of cowboys and aliens!

The Coso Artifact – Proof or Goof?

Did ancient astronauts (aka “Aliens”) leave behind proof of their visit? Or did careless time travelers come through a wormhole and drop a device needed to get home?

Or maybe, it’s a little more mundane and closer to home then one would think-

Of course, we’re talking about The Coso Artifact, a Mojave Mystery that ticks all the boxes  …perhaps


A fascinating little tale brought to you by Author M.L. Behrman and sure to have you wondering!